Field stain

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Micrograph of a Field stain showing malignant melanoma.

Field stain is a histological method for staining of blood smears. It is used for staining thick blood films in order to discover malarial parasites. Field's stain is a version of a Romanowsky stain, used for rapid processing of the specimens.[1]

Field's stain uses methylene blue and Azure 1 dissolved in phosphate buffer solution, and Eosin Y in buffer solution. Field stain is named after physician John William Field, who developed it in 1941.[2]

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  1. ^ Chunge, CN.; Ngige, S.; Bwibo, CR.; Mulega, PC.; Kilonzo, JF.; Kibati, F.; Owate, J. (Aug 1989). "A rapid staining technique for Leishmania parasites in splenic aspirate smears.". Ann Trop Med Parasitol 83 (4): 361–4. PMID 2481429. 
  2. ^ "Obituaries" (PDF). Medical Journal of Malaysia 36 (2). June 1981. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 

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